Presented by Washington National Opera
Saturday, November 4 at 7pm
Monday, November 6 at 7pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11 at 7pm
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 19 at 2pm
What happens when the enchantress becomes the enchanted?
Welcome to the island of illusions. Peer beyond the palms to discover the beautiful Alcina, a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction. Her passion burns red hot–until she tires of her conquests and turns them into wild beasts or stone. When dashing knight Ruggiero succumbs to this femme fatale‘s dangerous charms, his fiancée Bradamante takes on a daring disguise to free her betrothed and break the curse. But is Alcina finally falling for the man of her dreams? In this cruel paradise, can anyone tell what’s real?
This new Washington National Opera production is their first-ever staging of Handel’s masterful baroque opera, crafted at the pinnacle of his creativity in the era of Ariodante and Messiah. Matched to the intimate acoustics of the Eisenhower Theater, Alcina harkens to the magnificent tradition of grand Handelian singing, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every sumptuous role.
Music by George Frideric Handel / Libretto by Riccardo Broschi
In Italian with Projected English Titles